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Donations to 2nd 'Suits for Soldiers' Campaign in North Salem Beat Last Year's

Tom Briscoe, a Brewster native and comedian, headlined the event. Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Laughter echoed through the halls of North Salem’s Schoolhouse Theater and Arts Center on Saturday night during the second annual “Suits for Soldiers” comedy show. 

The theater was one of many stops along the “Suits for Soldiers” comedy tour, organized by Save-A-Suit,  a nonprofit organization that provides  military veterans and college graduates with professional business attire to help them join or return to the workforce. 

Tickets to the show, which featured Tom Briscoe, a Brewster native and comedian, were $25. Those who donated a suit received a $10 discount. About 35 attended the event. Among them were a local career colonel and a 92-year-old WWII veteran, said Lynne Darlington, managing director of the theater. 

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As for the drive, she said, “We surpassed last year’s suit collection number, which was 75, and collected about 86.” 

Darlington thanked the community for its support.

Suit donations will continue to be accepted at the theater until Nov. 9, she added, which is when the theater will kick off its new season with a production of “The Enlightenment of Mr. Mole,” an adaptation of the classic “The Wind in the Willows.” Donations can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

More than 1 million military personnel will be making the transition from the military in the next couple of years, according to the Department of Defense Office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Many of these veterans may not own the appropriate business attire to go to networking events, interviews or even to work. 

There are four more stops on the tour. To learn more, visit www.suitsforsoldierscomedytour.com.

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